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Are Fiberglass Pools Affected by Cold Weather?

“Winter is coming. Can my fiberglass pool handle it?” This is a question we frequently get from potentional and existing owners. Consequently, they worry themselves without doing proper research on the subject. Well, in a nutshell, the answer to this question is… yes, your fiberglass pool can handle winter weather with ease!

Fiberglass: Unfazed by Winter

Neither hot nor cold temperature extremes are a problem for fiberglass pools. With proper care (though not much is required), they cycle through season after season, hardly showing any signs of wear. They can do this because of the exceptional qualities of their material:

  •  Structural stability. Fiberglass exhibits less expansion and contraction due to heat or cold than other pool materials like concrete and vinyl.
  •  Chemical stability. Fiberglass is chemically inert, meaning it doesn’t react with other substances. In other words, it is resistant to pool cleaning solutions, sanitizing chemicals, ultraviolet light, etc.
  •  Impressive strength. Fiberglass has a very high strength-to-weight ratio. That’s why that shell that was so easy for the installers to move into place is still very resistant to damage.
  •  Tremendous flexibility. Surprising for a substance that is so strong, fiberglass is very flexible compared to other pool materials. This means that while the soil around a pool may expand, contract, and move as it freezes and thaws, a fiberglass pool can handle the changing pressure without cracking.

Searching for Proof? Look North.

If ever there was a great testing ground for the cold weather resiliency of fiberglass pools, it’s Canada. Notorious for its brutal winters, the country has fiberglass pools from coast to coast. And as long as their plumbing is properly winterized, they open up every spring undamaged and ready for action. So, not only do the physical properties of fiberglass suggest it can survive freezing temperatures, real-world “stress testing” confirms it.

Ready to Learn More about Fiberglass Pools?

Fall and winter are great times to do your fiberglass pool research. After you learn all about the great qualities of the material, you can start checking out the many beautiful designs that are available. Then, when you’re ready to move ahead, you can contact the Latham dealer near you, who can help you pick the perfect pool and plan your install. From there it’s just kick back, fantasize about your summer pool days, and wait for the warm weather to arrive.

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Mike Fox

Written by Mike Fox

Mike has been in the Pool Industry and with Latham Pool Products for over 11 years. Prior to coming to Latham, his professional career was with Anderson and General Electric (GE) in Finance and Strategy. Mike has two sons, has coached many years of baseball, but now enjoys watching them with a nice IPA.

Top 5 Questions & Answers People have about Fiberglass Pools in Virginia Beach

fiberglass pool1. Do Fiberglass Pools float?

So, you’re expecting a resounding “NO!”, but the reality is that they actually float very well. But that’s not the kind of floating most folks ask about. They want to know if the shell will pop out of the ground after it’s installed.

The answer: No, in fact it’s the most perpetuated myth in the pool industry. A properly installed fiberglass pool will not pop up after the concrete deck is poured so long as it remains full of water.

2. What are the different sizes of Fiberglass Pools?

Fiberglass pools come as large as about 16’x44’. There are some models that may be slightly longer, but 16’ is the maximum width because of highway shipping restrictions. The smallest fiberglass pools are typically around 8’x16’. The average size fiberglass pool is 14’ wide and around 30’ long.

3. How much do fiberglass pools cost?

It’s difficult to say because pools range in price by region, but on average, a medium size fiberglass pool package that includes filter system, installation, and some patio will cost $30-$40k(this can vary though drastically). If you end up adding some additional patio and some other options you could end up spending more.

4. Do Fiberglass Pools work in colder climates or at the beach?

Yes and yes. In fact, there is no better pool to own in either situation than a fiberglass pool. The concern in colder climates is expansion and contraction due to massive temperature change. Well, if you’ve ever seen anyone unload a fiberglass pool, you’ve seen how much the pool shell flexes and moves and still maintains its strength. This is because, unlike concrete, fiberglass has extremely high tensile strength. This makes it ideal for colder climates because the pool shell can move and flex with its environment.

Regarding fiberglass pools and high water tables, the installation is much quicker and less expensive compared to other types of pools. This is because in a fiberglass pool installation, the hole only needs to stay dry long enough to set the pool and fill it with water, which normally only takes a couple of hours. In comparison, a vinyl liner pool will need to stay dry for several days, and a concrete pool for weeks or even months. This is why a high water table greatly complicates the installation processes for either of these types of pools but typically doesn’t affect fiberglass pool installation whatsoever.

5. How long does the installation of a fiberglass pool take?

Depending on the time of year and how much it’s rained, it typically takes anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to complete the pool installation and patio work. If the weather is great and our schedule is running on point, we’ve turned out projects in less than a week. When the weather is poor, we have had projects take well over a month. It all depends on Mother Nature.